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Old 04-30-2005   #1
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Casserly, Capers and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer aren't stupid. They know they have to protect Carr. One way they plan to do it is to run the ball more effectively and consistently.

A productive running attack helps the play-action game, keeps the opposing defensive players on their heels and keeps the Texans defense off the field.

Common sense dictates the offensive line will improve in its second season under Joe Pendry and in his zone blocking scheme. The more efficient the running game is, the better the pass protection becomes, because the defense can't tee off on Carr.

That's one reason the Texans drafted Oklahoma State running back Vernand Morency. He's tough, strong and durable. He also has quick feet. Several teams have predicted that he'll be the Texans' most surprising rookie and perhaps one of the NFL's biggest surprises.

Since last weekend's draft, two teams have told us they had Morency ranked among their top three running backs. Those teams say they had the four best backs including Cedric Benson, Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams grouped tightly together but that Morency was third on both of their boards. One had Benson fourth, and another had Brown fourth.

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So why did Morency (5-9, 212 pounds) last until the third round? Morency, who grew up in Miami, is a 25-year-old rookie who played baseball for four years in the Colorado Rockies minor league system. He's an older rookie playing in the position with the least longevity.

Morency didn't run at the combine. When the Miami native did run at the University of Miami's pro day, he was timed in the 4.6s. He also needs to do a better job of protecting the ball.

Those are his weaknesses, but what about his strengths?

The scouts we trust say when they timed him, he ran as fast as 4.51, but they said to forget about his 40 time because that's not his biggest asset. They say his quick feet enable quick cuts, including when he's running inside.

That quick change of direction and an explosive burst help him get into the open field, where he's very instinctive. Morency squares his pads in a hurry and keeps them low. He's strong enough to run through tackles, and he's terrific at gaining yards after the initial hit.

Praise for his play

At the Houston Football Dinner on Wednesday night and at the Mavericks/Rockets game Thursday night, two of Morency's Oklahoma State coaches were singing his praises.

"He can do so many different things, and he's a lot faster on the field than his 40 time showed," Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said. "We even lined him up wide a few times."

Associate head coach Joe DeForest, who began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Rice, raved about Morency's toughness and dependability.

"Just wait until he gets on the field; you'll see," DeForest said.

Morency and the Texans' other draft choices and undrafted free agents are on the field this weekend for four workouts over two days at the rookie minicamp.

No matter how well Morency does, he's probably not going to get on the field much if Domanick Davis stays healthy.

Listening to Gundy and DeForest, as well as a few respected NFL scouts, you'd think that if Davis suffers another injury, he may be mentioned in the same sentence with Wally Pipp.
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I stated on another thread.. I know we need lineman, but I like this pick just as I liked the pick of Ragone a few years ago.

With Backups like this.. we don't have to change our offensive philosophy (and in reality Palmer DOES like to go deep,just OL woes keeps us "vanilla")
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I'd rather have the OL to block for Carr than have to bring in ANOTHER RB in hopes of more playaction.

Sounds like an excuse as to why we picked him up more than a good reason for bringing him in.

A 25 yr old rookie at RB? I mean any other position I'd be ok with but RB's have a 3-4 year shelf life coming in at 21.

I'd rather us drafted the G out of UVA.
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I'd rather have the OL to block for Carr than have to bring in ANOTHER RB in hopes of more playaction.
It does no good to take a OL if you don't think he can beat out your other OL's.
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A 25 yr old rookie at RB? I mean any other position I'd be ok with but RB's have a 3-4 year shelf life coming in at 21.
Age at RB isn't even an issue like it is at most other positions. RB's come in to the NFL ready to play and have much less of a learning curve than the other positions. Morency is not going to need a year or two to figure out his position at the next level as say a WR or Lineman usually have to do.
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I'd rather us drafted the G out of UVA.
Most teams passed on him because he is lazy and has a questionable work ethic. He fell out of the first round much like Nat Dorsey did last year. Dorsey didn't do much to impress last year in the NFL.
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A 25 yr old rookie at RB? I mean any other position I'd be ok with but RB's have a 3-4 year shelf life coming in at 21.

I'd rather us drafted the G out of UVA.
I got no problem with taking a depth RB. I DO have a problem with that depth RB being older than 2 of the other 3 backs on the squad. Fason still on the board. Barber still on the board. All younger and "better" as projected by a lot of analysts.
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Who's that #10 throwing the ball in the back ground? I thought #10 was Nick Narcisse a WR? Or is that him but he's just standing there?

Awesome pic BTW Vinny!
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Who's that #10 throwing the ball in the back ground? I thought #10 was Nick Narcisse a WR? Or is that him but he's just standing there?
#10 in the background is Chance Mock,QB,Texas. He was an undrafted free agent this year and we brought him in for a tryout.
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elton brown made a lot of questionable decisions in the months leading up to the draft...he left the senior bowl early for a "personal reason"...he passed on the combine if i remember correctly...only doing a couple of drills before leaving...and then on his pro day ran a slow 5.5ish 40...to make up for that he didn't impress many scouts by doing i believe 23reps on the bench...adam snyder was a way better prospect and didn't get half the attention brown did...as for morency as someone who has seen him play i can tell you that a lot of big XII people thought he was the better back at OSU when they had tatum bell...personally i thought both were excellent backs and we will see how good Bell is gonna be at denver this year...i know they took clarett but he's not their starter yet...bell is...morency will get his shot here...and if DD goes down you will see our new starter in morency for the next couple of years
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This is a make or break season for Domanick Davis. What he does this year will determine how the Texans front office handles him and his agent when contract talks come up in the future. Had we not taken Morency, it pretty much would have looked like a slam-dunk for DD to get whatever he wants. After all, who else is there to turn to? Wells? Hollings?

The Lions and Chargers game last year really shook DD up. It wasn't until late in the season that he was able to get his confidence back--back to the point where he could protect the ball AND make his cuts/jukes like he always has. Up until those last few games, DD was solely focusing on protecting the bal in a crowd. You could even see the other teams knifing at the ball because they knew he had been careless earlier in the season. I know defensive players all around the league grab at the ball, but it was especially apparent when they tried to tackle DD.

The shaky season last year, coupled with the fact that he's a year older and a year wiser, has probably got the Texans scared that at some point DD will ask for big money. And the Texans might not be sure about giving it to him even if he has a great year this coming season.

Thus, in my opinion, the Texans took Morency as better-than-average insurance against the possibilities that are out there: Namely, the possibility that DD will ask for big money. With more backs to choose from, the Texans give themselves more room to negotiate with DD when that time comes. Now it doesn't like so easy for DD and his agent to leverage against the front office since we took a pretty decent back this draft.

And if the rumor about us and Shaun Alexander was true (negotiations during the draft) it only points a bigger finger toward that direction, as well. If we're going to shell out big bucks to a RB...I'd rather have Alexander or someone on his level than DD. I'm a big DD fan, but I look at the bigger picture when it comes down to it.

I think Morency will be 2nd on the depth chart by mid-season. Or, starting if DD struggles or has injury problems.
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I'd rather have the OL to block for Carr than have to bring in ANOTHER RB in hopes of more playaction.

Sounds like an excuse as to why we picked him up more than a good reason for bringing him in.

A 25 yr old rookie at RB? I mean any other position I'd be ok with but RB's have a 3-4 year shelf life coming in at 21.

I'd rather us drafted the G out of UVA.
RBs wear down because of the pounding, not because of their age. He has been pounded on very much. I'd expect Morency to be in the league after Cedric Benson has retired.
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Vinny.. that picture is cool.. reminds me of the AJ discussions that went on about all the pictures of him NOT catching the ball and we were wondering if he was going to be a stud or not..

Oh how the times have changed
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" The more efficient the running game is, the better the pass protection becomes, because the defense can't tee off on Carr.
That's one reason the Texans drafted Oklahoma State running back Vernand Morency. He's tough, strong and durable. He also has quick feet. Several teams have predicted that he'll be the Texans' most surprising rookie and perhaps one of the NFL's biggest surprises."
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I dunno.. sounds like McClain has already given Morency DD's job as RB starter.
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" The more efficient the running game is, the better the pass protection becomes, because the defense can't tee off on Carr.
That's one reason the Texans drafted Oklahoma State running back Vernand Morency. He's tough, strong and durable. He also has quick feet. Several teams have predicted that he'll be the Texans' most surprising rookie and perhaps one of the NFL's biggest surprises."
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I dunno.. sounds like McClain has already given Morency DD's job as RB starter.
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Doesn't really sound that way to me. Just sounds like he thinks we may have got a good one. I see the deal as DD is the guy and gets most of the touches for the first 4-5 games. After that Morency get 8-15 touches a game. Keeps DD fresher and hopefully not hurt. The end result is then a more effective running game. One thing to keep in mind is that DD is a real good pass catcher and blitz pick up guy, and we don't know about Morency yet.
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speaking of Miami Swagger, we sure did bring in alot of florida guys this year.

Morlon Greenwood(played for the Dolphins for 3 years)
Philip Buchanon(went to the U)
Travis Johnson(went to florida St.)

I think we are looking at Florida as a hot spot to build our defense or something.
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DD has everything it takes to be a success but he has been unable to stay healthy.

Morency looks like a DD clone and will be able to provide little or no dropoff in production.

It remains to be seen if Morency is the better back or if DD will reach his goal of 2000 yards, but either way it will be good competition and make the Texans a better team.
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Yea but he got yanked out of a couple games (KC, Tennessee) because he wasn't effective playing hurt.
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DD has everything it takes to be a success but he has been unable to stay healthy.

Morency looks like a DD clone and will be able to provide little or no dropoff in production.

It remains to be seen if Morency is the better back or if DD will reach his goal of 2000 yards, but either way it will be good competition and make the Texans a better team.
Wouldn't it be nice if DD got 1,400 yards which is very obtainable (1188 last year with bad start) and Morency got 800 or 900 yards. That would be the 2,000+ yard back that we would need and everyone would be happy. A Healthy DD if we made it to the playoffs, less carries and a hellova back up. Would be like Curtis Martin and La Mont Jordan. I'd be happy....very happy and with a situation like that, I could see Carr passing for over 3600 yards and 25 sacks like the year before this last one.
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"The scouts we trust say when they timed him, he ran as fast as 4.51, but they said to forget about his 40 time because that's not his biggest asset. They say his quick feet enable quick cuts, including when he's running inside."

so basically he is a dominack davis clone? i don't mean that in a bad way, just trying to get a grip on the type of player he is.
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Doesn't really sound that way to me. Just sounds like he thinks we may have got a good one. I see the deal as DD is the guy and gets most of the touches for the first 4-5 games. After that Morency get 8-15 touches a game. Keeps DD fresher and hopefully not hurt. The end result is then a more effective running game. One thing to keep in mind is that DD is a real good pass catcher and blitz pick up guy, and we don't know about Morency yet.

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